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Elastic Closet A History of Homosexuality in France, 1942-Present

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ISBN-10: 023022105X

ISBN-13: 9780230221055

Edition: 2009

Authors: Scott Gunther, Scott Eric Gunther

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A social, legal and political history of gays and lesbians in France since World War Two.
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List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 166
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

SCOTT GUNTHER is Assistant Professor of French at Wellesley College, USA. He received his B.A. from Cornell in 1990, his J.D. from NYU in 1993, and his Ph.D. in French Studies from NYU in 2001. His research interests include gender and sexuality in France, the mass media, and comparative law.

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Introduction: Republican Values and the Depenalization of Sodomy in France
Republican values and the depenalization of sodomy
The Penal Code's silence regarding sodomy frustrates nineteenth-century police and judges
The incompatibility of French universalism and victimless crimes
Nineteenth-century medical "experts" identify two of sodomy's victims: the public and youth
It Could Have Been Worse (1940s-1960s)
The 1942 law locates its victim: "youth"
Origins of the 1942 law
The 1942 law survives the end of the war
The 1960 law locates its victim: "the public"
Living with dignity in the 1950s and 60s
Attempts at Subversion (The 1970s)
The Front homosexuel d'action revolutionnaire (the FHAR)
The Groupes de liberation homosexuelle (the GLHs)
The Comite d'urgence anti-repression homosexuelle (the CUARH)
French Homosexuals Build a more Stately Closet (The 1980s-2000s)
The neighborhood of the Marais
The magazine Gai pied and the new gay imagery
Apathy and the arrival of AIDS
Pragmatic politics and the 1985 law against discrimination
The Pacte civil de solidarite (PaCS)
Since the PaCS
"Outing" the French Gay Media (The 1990s and 2000s)
Tetu magazine pretends it is for lesbians
Preferences magazine pretends that sexual orientation is irrelevant
PinkTV pretends it is for everyone
Conclusion: Queer, Made in France